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How to Reach Kodaikanal

How to Reach Kodaikanal by Air

The nearest airport at Madurai (120 km) gets daily flights from Chennai, Bangalore, Trichy and Mumbai. From the airport you can hire a cab or take the local train to reach Kodaikanal.

How to Reach Kodaikanal by Rail

The nearest railway stations are 3 hrs from town. Palani to the north and Kodai Road to the east connect to Chennai and Trichy and to Madurai respectively. From these stations it’s a long 3 hour wind up by road which would be quite enjoyable unless you are prone to journey sickness.

How to Reach Kodaikanal by Bus

There are bus services to Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Madurai and Trichy. The shortest route is from Madurai (4 hrs), the longest from Bangalore and Chennai (12 hrs). There is an option between state services and private operators, and various degrees of luxury and speed. But if you are planning to go around or are even prone to sickness, then hiring a car is the best way to travel.

Getting Around Kodaikanal

Most of Kodaikanal can be covered on foot. Mountain bikes and ordinary bicycles can be hired from rental shops. There are no auto-rickshaws. Taxi services are also available.

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